The mainstream media is working tirelessly to keep GOP nominee Donald Trump front-page news and to block out anything that sheds a bad light on President Obama.
In a new analysis, the three major television networks, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News, gave two times as much airtime to drummed up Trump “controversies” than they did with Obama’s $400 million trade-off with Iran in order to get four American prisoners released, according to the Media Research Center.
The networks focused more than 13 minutes on Trump’s remarks and “party unity,” while only giving the Iran scandal 5 minutes and 12 seconds of airtime, according to MRC’s research.
Most of the network coverage of Trump during that time was spent reporting on party division, and hyping up a “civil war” within the GOP, as NBC reporter Hallie Jackson put it on Nightly News. “Prominent members of the GOP are abandoning Donald Trump for Hillary Clinton, and party elders are warning he is running out of time to get his campaign on track,” declared fill-in anchor Charlie Rose on CBS Evening News.
ABC’s Cecilia Vega’s report, on World News Tonight continued to drag out claims that Trump blames women for sexual harassment. “Suggesting that the victim is the one who should leave the job,” reported Vega after quoting Trump saying, “’I would like to think she [Ivanka Trump] would find another career or find another company if that was the case.’”
In contrast, CBS and NBC’s reports on the Obama administration’s payment to Iran tried to play it down. During her report on CBS, Margaret Brennan seemed to go to bat for the administration by making their argument for them, “Administration officials say they were simply returning money that had been tied up in a 35-year dispute, which the president addressed earlier this year.” Rose claimed Trump and Republicans were merely trying to “capitalize on a report.”
NBC News had the longest airtime on the Iran ransom story, but MRC says that’s mainly because they spent so much time defending it.
Savanna Guthrie reported, “Did the U.S. in effect pay ransom to Iran to free American prisoners at the very moment the Obama administration was implementing that much heralded Iranian nuclear deal. The White House says no. But critics are saying the timing is deeply troubling.”
That’s when Andrea Mitchell chimed in to defend the Iran deal, saying the U.S. does not pay ransoms. She then took a swipe at President Ronald Reagan over the Iran Contra crisis.
Mitchell also said the $400 million trade-off with Iran actually saved taxpayers money in the long-run.
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